Restaurants & Food Service

Restaurant and Food Service Sector

Operating a restaurant or food service business can be energy-intensive. Restaurants, cafes, and institutional kitchens can realize significant energy savings by upgrading to high-efficiency equipment for cooking, refrigeration, heating and cooling, and lighting. Learn more about efficiency opportunities for your facility.

Upgrading to high-efficiency equipment can reduce costs and add convenience.

Scales Restaurant in Portland utilizes
high-efficiency fryers and combination ovens

Cooking Equipment

High-efficiency cooking equipment and appliances not only reduce energy use, but can also support more even and faster food preparation. This can reduce food waste and decrease turnover time.

Efficiency Maine provides rebates for natural gas and propane cooking equipment, including:

  • Convection Ovens
  • Combination Ovens
  • Fryers
  • Griddles
  • Steamers

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Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

High-efficiency refrigerators and freezers can reduce food storage energy costs by up to 40% compared to standard models.

Refrigerators and freezers are an important part of every commercial kitchen.

Efficiency Maine offers rebates on refrigeration equipment, including:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Ice makers

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Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

Food service businesses can reduce energy costs by upgrading to energy efficient heating and cooling systems, or by adding controls to existing systems.

Ductless Heat Pumps. Ductless heat pumps offer room-by-room control of heating and cooling. Many Maine restaurants are choosing ductless heat pumps as an efficient and quiet way to meet heating and cooling needs in eating spaces.

“We have been very happy with the heat pumps we installed; the entire restaurant was kept warm all winter and they are completely silent! They were the perfect choice.”

– David Poulin
Owner of Fat Cat’s Cafe, Augusta

Efficiency Maine also offers rebates on other high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and controls:

  • Furnaces and Boilers
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
  • Space Heaters
  • Controls

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High-efficiency lighting can cut energy costs and improve ambiance

Clayton’s Café Bakery in Yarmouth utilizes overhead LED fixtures and LED lights in their refrigerated bakery cases


In many restaurants, lights are on for 16-20 hours a day. Upgrading to high-efficiency lighting across your facility can reduce energy costs and enhance the customer and employee experience.

Efficiency Maine offers a variety of lighting incentives:

  • Exterior Lighting
  • Interior Lighting
  • Screw-in LEDs
  • Controls

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Get Started

Ready to get started with high-efficiency equipment and appliances? Work with an Efficiency Maine Qualified Partner in order to be eligible for these incentives.

Click here to find a Qualified Partner working near you. If you work with a contractor that is not yet a Qualified Partner, urge your contractor to find out more information here.

Additional Information

  • has guidance for restaurants and other food businesses. Click here to learn more.